Mon March 4, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Lone Bellow: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:37 pm

The Lone Bellow performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Feb. 20, 2013.
Lizzie Chen NPR

After hearing The Lone Bellow's self-titled debut, I couldn't wait to play it for friends and on All Songs Considered — I knew people would love it. Still, honestly, I was unprepared for the stunning power of the band's live show. When you see this Tiny Desk Concert, I'm sure you'll experience the same sensation I did. The Lone Bellow features three brilliant players, with Zach Williams singing every word as if it's the last time he'll ever get the chance.

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Mon March 4, 2013
The Record

How One Band Turned A Ghost Town Into A Giant Recording Studio

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 11:02 am


Sun March 3, 2013
Deceptive Cadence

At 100, Composer Margaret Bonds Remains A Great Exception

Originally published on Sun March 3, 2013 2:35 pm

Margaret Bonds in 1956. Born in Chicago in 1913, Bonds became one of the first African-American female composers to gain recognition in the United States.
Carl Van Vechten Wikimedia Commons

Margaret Bonds, who died in 1972, is perhaps near the top of the very short list of African-American female composers. Thanks to her partnerships with Langston Hughes and soprano Leontyne Price and others, she's remembered in some circles as an important figure in American composition. But, mostly, she's been forgotten.

"It's amazing that people don't know who she was, although she was quite well known in her time," says Louise Toppin, an opera singer and a voice professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Sun March 3, 2013
Movie Interviews

Film Hoists 'Hava Nagila' Up Onto A Chair, In Celebration Of Song And Dance

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 6:43 am

Jenny Jimenez Katahdin Productions/More Horses Productions

Whether you love it or you hate it, you know it: "Hava Nagila." Maybe you grew up listening to Harry Belafonte's rendition, or found yourself in a chair being hoisted into the air by a singing crowd at your wedding or bat mitzvah. The kitschy Jewish standard lends itself particularly well to group singalongs and celebrity covers — but where did it come from?

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Sun March 3, 2013
Music Interviews

Robyn Hitchcock: 'Rock 'N' Roll Is An Old Man's Game Now'

Originally published on Sun March 3, 2013 6:38 am

Robyn Hitchcock's latest album is called Love from London.
Michèle Noach Courtesy of the artist

Robyn Hitchcock turns 60 this weekend. The British singer and guitarist has traveled a long way to this point, beginning in the 1970s as the frontman of proto-punk group The Soft Boys and continuing through a solo career that has produced hundreds of songs. He's even appeared in a few films: Jonathan Demme showcased the singer in Storefront Hitchcock and gave him a cameo as a Russian operative in the 2004 verison of The Manchurian Candidate.

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